AluK’s training academy reopens

AluK has announced the reopening of its training academy, with a full range of workshops available to book. The move serves to remind the market of its claim to be the only aluminium systems house that “has it all in-house”.

After the Covid-19 pandemic forced the academy to close for face-to-face training for almost two years, it is being relaunched with a brand-new website and a new downloadable prospectus. Visitors to the website can browse the content and format of all nine workshops that AluK offers in three different categories: product awareness and LogiKal software, theory and fabrication, and theory and installation. Visitors can see the dates when each courses is available, and book their places online.

The product awareness and LogiKal software workshops cover either bi-folds (BSF70 and F82), windows and entrance doors (58BW and 58BD), sliders (BSC94 and SC156) or curtain walling (SL50 and SG50). Each lasts two days, and includes a full brief on the relevant systems and their capabilities, as well as an introduction to the LogiKal processing software. Delegates start with an empty LogiKal file and build up a project using the system, learning both the basics and some more advanced aspects of estimation and production.

The one-day fabrication and installation workshops are all about learning best practice direct from the systems house, with the emphasis on practical training in AluK’s fully equipped, dedicated facility. The fabrication course guides delegates through how to manufacture windows, doors and ground-floor treatments, in line with AluK’s approved processes and technical manual. The installation course is focused around the SL50 and SG50 systems, and is designed for installers and site supervisors with any level of industry experience, who have not previously fitted AluK curtain walling.

Two aspects of the academy make the workshops particularly valuable to AluK customers. The first is that all the courses are free, and the second is that they are all fully GQA-accredited. At the end of each, delegates can undertake a short assessment and return to work with a GQA certificate.

Darren Burford, AluK’s experienced training manager, said: “Online training is all well and good, but there’s no real substitute for hands-on, practical experience. The academy is right in the heart of our Chepstow manufacturing facility, so delegates really do get up close to all the products in a realistic fabrication setting.

“The courses are ideal for all those new starters over the past couple of years who might have missed out on formal training, and as a refresher for those who might just be new to the AluK systems. With record numbers of customers investing in new machinery and expanding their operations over the past two years, we’re expecting this year’s training calendar to be busier than ever.”

There are 35 workshop dates available to book at AluK throughout the rest of 2022. Customers can also request bespoke training at their own facilities or at AluK’s London Design Studio.

The AluK Academy is an integral part of AluK’s customer support offering, which also includes in-house CAD design, technical support and testing facilities. For more details, visit aluk.co.uk.